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L’évolution : mythe ou réalité ? Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 November 2013 14:35

L’évolution : mythe ou réalité ?

Classé dans : Culture,Dossiers,Sujets qui fâchent — 28 mai 2008 @ 13 01 46

Introduction

Nous allons commencer cette étude par l’observation d’un petit animal, l’abeille, dont vos connaissez sans doute à peu près l’étonnante organisation de sa ruche… Mais connaissez-vous toutes les surprenantes particularités de toute abeille… ? (La Genèse au risque de la science, pp. 46-47)

Avouez qu’il y a de quoi être émerveillé par ce petit insecte qui pèse moins d’un gramme qui est équipé de dispositifs parfaitement adaptés à des besoins très divers !
D’ailleurs, ce que vous venez de découvrir chez une simple abeille, vous pourriez le découvrir avec une diversité infinie de trouvailles chez d’innombrables animaux, qui ont des particularités uniques en leur genre et qui leur permettent de faire face à des situations et des besoins spécifiques ; le cas de la chauve-souris et de son sonar (utilisant la réflexion des ultrasons) ou celui du chameau et de ses sabots tout-terrain méritent le retour… Et je ne parle pas d’où vient la coordination qui existe entre tous les animaux et végétaux d’un même site (chaîne alimentaire…) ; tout cela est parfaitement agencé. La question qui vient à l’esprit est : comment toutes ces adaptations admirables ont-elles été inventées et mises en places ? Ou plutôt par qui ?
Pendant des dizaines de siècles, la plupart des hommes ont répondu : c’est un Etre transcendant (d’un ordre supérieur) à notre monde visible, qu’on appelle Dieu, qui les a créés tels quels. On ne peut pas observer, par exemple, la petite épine sur l’une des pattes antérieures de l’abeille, épine dont elle se sert pour extraire le pollen du sac disposé sur une autre patte, sans se dire : un être intelligent a bien dû penser tout cela !
Et pourtant, depuis plusieurs décennies, une réponse très différente est proposée : en résumant, tous les êtres vivants actuels seraient apparus progressivement au long de centaines de millions d’années, depuis un premier organisme très simple, unicellulaire, selon un processus de transformation des uns à partir des autres, en passant par des organismes de plus en plus complexes, jusqu’à l’homo sapiens sapiens (ou homme de Cro-Magnon, semblable à l’homme actuel) descendant d’un primate supérieur. Aujourd’hui, les scientifiques ont érigé l’hypothèse de l’évolutionnisme – appelé aussi transformisme – en dogme énoncé dans les manuels scolaires, les livres, les magazines, les reportages télévisés, les conférences, les expositions, et même les livres de la plupart des théologiens et ecclésiastiques, qui pensent concilier foi et évolution matérialiste (puisque l’homme viendrait de la matière).

 

 
9 Subtle Lies We All Tell Ourselves Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 November 2013 21:31

When I was at university, I was convinced that I wanted to be an investment banker and work on Wall Street. A year later, it took all of about three hours in the cubicle miasma known as State Street for that dream to evaporate. In hindsight, I didn’t want to be a banker as much as I wanted to feel powerful and important. Fortunately, I found other ways to meet those needs.

There was also a period of time when I was convinced that my ex-girlfriend left me because I wasn’t good enough for her and so I had to prove myself to every woman I ever met. But after a lot of over-compensation around other women, I eventually realized that I was fine and much better off without her.

Then there was the idea that every bad emotion I ever experienced was a result of some underlying trauma and that by “working through it,” I was precipitating some sort of transformation in myself. Boy, was that one delusional. (Spoiler alert: Sometimes you feel bad just because you feel bad.)

What I’m getting at is that we’re often poor arbiters of our own emotions and desires. We lie to ourselves. And we do it for one obvious reason: to feel better.

We may not know exactly what we’re lying to ourselves about, but it’s safe to assume that some chunk of what we consider “truth” today is likely nothing more than a defense against some deeper meaning which is painful to accept.

By lying to ourselves we mortgage our long-term needs in order to fulfill our short-term desires. Therefore, one could say personal growth is merely the process of learning to lie to oneself less.

When it comes to uncovering our own BS, many of us rely on similar patterns to protect ourselves. Here are some common patterns I’ve come across in myself and people I’ve worked with:

1. “If I could just X, then my life would be amazing.”

Take your pick of what X is: get married, get laid, get a raise, buy a new car, a new house, a new pet rabbit, floss every Sunday, whatever. Obviously, you’re smart enough that I don’t have to tell you that no one single goal will ever solve your happiness problems permanently. After all, that’s the tricky part about the brain: the “If only I had X, then…” mechanism never goes away.

We’re evolutionarily wired to exist in a state of mild dissatisfaction. It makes biological sense. Primates who are never quite satisfied with what they already have and want a little bit more were the ones who survived and pro-created more often.

It’s an excellent evolutionary strategy, but a poor happiness strategy. If we’re always looking for what’s next it becomes quite difficult to appreciate what is now. Sure, we can alter this wiring a bit through conditioning, learned behaviors and changed mindsets, but it’s an immovable piece of the human condition, something we must always lean against.

So what does that mean? Learn to enjoy it. Learn to enjoy the challenge. Learn to enjoy change and pursuit of one’s higher goals. Relish the chase, so to speak. A big misconception in the self help world is that being satisfied with the present moment and working towards one’s future are somehow contradictory. They’re not. If life is a hamster wheel, then the goal isn’t to actually get anywhere, it’s to find a way to enjoy running.

 
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There is No Such Thing as a Thankful Atheist Print E-mail
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Sunday, 29 September 2013 00:57

There is No Such Thing as a Thankful Atheist

Anyone who believes that he has gifted himself with his own being, that he is a self-caused being, that he is causa sui, is irrational. And if he really believes that and not just be contrarian or stubborn for the sake of it, he is certainly insane.

Until the scientist learns to give thanks, he will never get to the answer of contingent existence.
To confront the reality of our contingent existence means--if we are to use our highest form of thought--that we give thanks, that we be grateful.  And this, ultimately, yields to faith, what G. K. Chesterton called "faith in receptiveness," a faith in receptiveness which gives rise to a receptiveness to faith.



CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - "I would maintain," wrote G. K. Chesterton in his A Short History of England, "that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." 

When each of us confronts the raw fact "I exist," "I am," we also know that we need not have existed.  We know, in fact, that there was a time that we did not exist, a time that we were not.  And we can infer with absolute certainty from those who die about us and from our understanding of nature and time, that there will be a time where we will not exist, at least not in the way we do now
 
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